ArtSpan provides emerging and established artists with diverse opportunities to display their artwork to new art appreciators and seasoned collectors throughout the year.
The Art-In-Neighborhoods program strives to create visibility and accessibility for local art by connecting communities with local artists and activating vacant spaces with vibrant artwork. We partner with neighborhood businesses and building owners to bring pop-up art exhibitions and art events to dormant storefronts, empty spaces for lease, and businesses seeking artwork for their walls. Local artists who are ArtSpan members are given the opportunity to display, promote and sell their artwork in these diverse venues. The Art-in-Neighborhoods program allows otherwise unused properties/spaces to become creative arenas for celebrating local arts. Learn more about the program on our Art-in-Neighborhoods page and see below for current Art-in-Neighborhoods Exhibitions.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS: Click HERE to VISIT THE Art-In-NEIGHBORHOODS PAGE
The SF Open Studios Exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center showcases over 400 artists' work each year during October and November, organized by SF Open Studios weekend and neighborhood. Hung salon-style, the artwork is a preview of what you will discover when visiting studios on the upcoming weekends. Grab a Guide, mark your favorites artists, and start on your own self-guided art adventure. Find more information about SF Open Studios here.
Since 2013, ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios Hub Exhibition program has made art a daily experience. This program connects SF Open Studios Artists with local, art-friendly businesses to put their artwork on display across the city. Click here SF Open Studios Hub Exhibition venues.
2020 JURIED EXHIBITIONS COMING SOON
SELECTIONS 2018, "GERMINATE":
HERON ARTS, JULY 20 - AUGUST 4
ArtSpan's annual Selections Juried Exhibition elevates artists to a visible place of honor. Success as a professional artist relies on opportunities to be recognized as exceptional, thus ArtSpan produces this exhibition as a vehicle to launch emerging artists’ careers as well as nurture established artists by presenting their work to a distinguished panel of art professionals and collectors.
SELECTIONS 2018 ARTISTS:
Andrea Bergen, Jennifer Berkowitz, Spencer Aldworth Brown, Dale Eastman, Heiko Greb, Kuo-Chen (Kacy) Jung, Crystal Kamoroff, J. L. King, Kristine Mays, Elizabeth Medrano, Leslie Morgan, Carrie Ann Plank, and Angela Willetts
July 21 - August 4, 2018
Heron Arts, 7 Heron Street, 94103
Public Artist Reception: Friday, July 20, 6-8PM
Selections VIP Event: Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-9PM
Public Gallery Hours: July 21 - August 4, Wed, Fri, & Sat, 12PM-4PM
Heron Arts is a gallery, contemporary arts center, and event space that features local artists and globally relevant cultural productions.
VIP Reception: ArtSpan will host a VIP event for ArtSpan supporters and Selections Artists on Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-9pm. Join as an ArtLover Member to receive an invitation.
For the first time in ArtSpan's 43 year history working with artists, creatives, and community partners all over San Francisco, we are working to create and develop an art center to call our home -- a true incubator for creative initiative. The ArtSpan Onondaga Art Center, located in the heart of the Excelsior neighborhood, will feature artist studios, a community meeting space, a collaborative gallery, a resource center, and more. Having this space will allow ArtSpan to take root and evolve the organization into something bigger, more innovative, and substantially more impactful. We are poised to cultivate deeper, meaningful in-person connections between artists and the public as we take the San Francisco art scene to the next level.
In light of ArtSpan's new plans for growth, the theme for Selections 2018 is "Germinate." Artists were asked to think creatively on this theme. We encouraged applicants to explore the concepts around advancement, progression, incubation, and growth.
SELECTIONS 2018 JURY PANEL:
PATRICIA MALONEY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
Patricia Maloney was the founding editor and director of Art Practical and the publisher of the international online art journal Daily Serving. She has been an Associate Professor in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and is a senior correspondent and producer for the weekly contemporary art podcast Bad at Sports. Maloney has written for Artforum, ArtChronika, the Brooklyn Rail, Meatpaper, and SFMOMA’s Open Space, as well as for numerous exhibition catalogs. She has organized programs with a broad range of arts organizations, including 826 Valencia, UC Berkeley’s Arts Research Center, Art LA Contemporary, Cannonball, the Charlotte Street Foundation, Gray Area Foundation, Kadist Art Foundation, the Lab, Southern Exposure, and SFMOMA. With Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, she created the YBCA Artist Residency Program in 2013 and with the Asian Contemporary Arts Consortium, she created the ACAC Writing Fellowship in 2012. Between 2000 and 2012, she held curatorial positions at Ampersand International Arts in San Francisco; the MATRIX Program of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum; and the Mori Art Museum (MAM) in Tokyo, Japan. From 1999 to 2002, she was a Program Associate for the International Program at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. She holds her MA in Theory and History of Contemporary Art from the San Francisco Art Institute.
RENNY PRITIKIN, CHIEF CURATOR AT THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM
Renny Pritikin has been a curator and writer in Northern California since 1979, as Director of New Langton Arts, the groundbreaking artist-run space; as the founding visual arts director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; as the director of the Nelson Gallery and Fine Arts Collection at UC Davis; and currently as the Chief Curator at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. He is the author of four books of poetry, and dozens of catalog essays. He has a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from San Francisco State. Honors include a Fulbright to lecture in museums across New Zealand and another lecture tour of Japanese Museums. He taught for eleven years until 2015 as adjunct senior professor in the graduate curatorial program at CCA.
MICHELLE ROBERTSON, PRODUCER AT SF CHRONICLE/SFGATE
Michelle Robertson is a Bay Area native and producer at the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGATE, where she writes about the ways people live and get by in the region. A contributor to KCBS radio and KTVU, Michelle’s work has appeared in a handful of lifestyle and literary magazines and anthologized in Houghton Mifflin’s “Best Science and Nature Writing” series. Michelle is currently writing a book about “coolness” in America.
MICHAEL CUFFE, FOUNDER & EDITOR IN CHIEF OF WARHOLIAN
Michael Cuffe is a Founder and Editor in Chief of Warholian, as well as a recognized photojournalist. An expert in the realm of social media and brand building, Cuffe enjoys helping companies to find their identities through creative processes and design. Warholian was founded in 2010 and has since become one of the foremost sites covering the world of contemporary art and culture. Cuffe has spent countless hours visiting galleries and meeting artists in their studios, all in an effort to document, capture, and share what is happening in the contemporary art (and street art) scene around the world. The goal of Warholian is to provide quality press for the arts community, with a drive to inspire and inform the general public about the world of art that surrounds them.
JAMES FLEMING, DESIGN PROGRAM MANAGER AT FACEBOOK
James Fleming is a writer and curator exploring the intersection of performance, the image, and poetry. He currently produces Pure Futures, an arts publication and pop-up exhibition exploring questions of utopia in art, tech, and design through the lens of a queer political and aesthetic imagination. He is also a Design Program Manager leading creative partnerships across art teams working in visual communication design and augmented reality at Facebook. His latest work can be seen in SFMOMA's Open Space.
PHILIP BEWLEY, FINE ART ADVISOR AND CURATOR AT DZINE GALLERY
Philip Bewley is a Fine Art Advisor and curator for DZINE Gallery, San Francisco. Bewley was previously Gallery Director for Therien & Co, Curator for the Oliver Hawke Gallery, and the Curator for the loan exhibit at the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show. As a curator, Philip Bewley works primarily with San Francisco Bay Area artists. His current group exhibition for DZINE Gallery, Cracking Nutshells, features 32 San Francisco Bay Area Artists. The majority of works on view are created by the artists, especially for the exhibitions. As Fine Art Advisor Philip Bewley has placed significant works of art for private collectors. Philip Bewley’s exhibitions celebrate the dynamic talent and diversity of the artists of the San Francisco Bay Area.
JESSICA WEIGLEY, PRINCIPAL OF SIOL STUDIOS
In 2007, Jessica co-founded Síol with Kevin Hackett. Since that time, she has co-designed several rooms for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House and was named a “designer to watch” by California Home and Design. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Houzz, and Remodelista, among others.
Jessica leads the interiors team at Síol and believes that designed spaces are akin to a second skin: something we inhabit, reflecting who we are internally to the external world. Her work with clients on both residential and public projects is characterized by deeply examining the relationship between a space and its future inhabitants.